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EducationPlus is a consortium of public school districts in the St. Louis metro area and the Learning Division provides professional development to educators- public, private, or parochial in all subjects (a sampling includes Ed Tech, Character Education, Special Education, English Language Learners...) The Connected Classroom blog is a blend of all of our professional development offerings, plus resources we think you will find helpful in a K-12 setting. We also like to share resources and events from organizations and cultural institutions in the St. Louis metro area. Thanks for clicking on our blog; we encourage you to visit daily- or subscribe- and feel free to share posts via social media or comment on any post!

#DigCitWeekend – September 21 & 22

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Digital Citizenship is a researched-based practice that helps educators, community leaders and parents to understand the importance of blending character and technology skills for all learners. Today’s technology users should be responsible digital citizens, empowered to be engaged in confident and positive activities while using technology.

On September 21 and 22, the Digital Citizenship Institute, a consortium of international educators, and the Midwest Education Technology Community, a resource of EducationPlus will bring A Weekend of Digital Citizenship to St. Louis, Missouri. It’s a weekend that combines two events; the 3rd annual Digital Citizenship Day (#DigCitDay) and the 4th annual Digital Citizenship Summit (#DigCitSummit) to bring local and global advocates and experts to our host partner, Webster University. (#DigCitWeekend)

We are dedicated to the advancement of digital citizenship education in schools and our larger society, and are excited to present this unique, collaborative event. A Weekend of Digital Citizenship will bring together students, educators, parents and business leaders to develop a community-based approach in raising responsible and positive digital citizens in our society.

Several hundred people are expected to attend this two-day event, featuring a dozen expert speakers, interactive workshops, panel discussions and collaborative digital projects that will spotlight current online and offline issues. We’ll help participants with wisdom and activities that can be used at home, school, work and play. Register for one of the two days separately or attend both for a special combo price!

See in you St. Louis for A Weekend of Digital Citizenship!


 

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Digital Citizenship Summits for Students

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The Digital Citizenship Student Summit is a hands-on event for teams of students. In this fourth year, our comprehensive approach demonstrates how actions can impact the behaviors of self and others. Students will collaboratively create artifacts that support modeling of good digital citizenship. Privacy and legal guidelines, as well as combating cyberbullying and digital addiction will be the focus. Methods and practices for both personal actions and school wide culture will be addressed by practicing digital wellness and modeling positive online behaviors.

Privacy, Protection and Professionalism are key to the success of our digitally connected students today. We have aligned this event to the ISTE Standards for Educators and Students, and the latest research in digital citizenship. Student leadership teams should include one sponsor (administrator, counselor, student council advisor) and a team of 5-7 student leaders so personal and building action plans can be created. Digital Citizenship resources and books will be shared with each school team.

We are offering summits for high school, middle school and elementary students this year.  Click the links below to learn more, and register your student leaders today!


Digital Citizenship Summit for High School Students                        Thursday, September 6

Digital Citizenship Summit for Middle School Students                  Thursday, September 20

Digital Citizenship Summit for Elementary School Students                     Friday, October 5

Digital Citizenship Summit for Middle School Students                          Friday, November 2


Digital Citizenship Summit for High School Students                 Thursday, January 17, 2019

Digital Citizenship Summit for Middle School Students         Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Digital Citizenship Summit for Middle School Students                 Thursday, March 7, 2019

Digital Citizenship Summit for Elementary School Students                Friday, April 5, 2019


Find all our upcoming workshops at edplus.org/pd

METC Offers First Educator Certification Training for Using Technology in the Classroom

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For Immediate Release

Contact: Christine McDonald

Director of Communications

cmcdonald@edplus.org

314.692.1233

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Midwest Educational Technology Community Offers First Educator Certification Training for Using Technology in the Classroom

St. Louis, MO. May 24, 2018—Today the Midwest Educational Technology Community (METC), a resource of EducationPlus, announced it has been selected by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as an ISTE Certification Authorized Provider and will begin offering professional learning workshops to deliver the first-ever certification based on the ISTE Standards for Educators. ISTE Certification for Educators is a new competency-based, vendor-neutral certification focused on digital age pedagogy and based on the ISTE Standards for Educators. This certification recognizes educators who demonstrate the effective use of technology for learning in meaningful and transformative ways.

This unique certification is designed to help PK-12 educators rethink and redesign learning activities with technology to engage students in real-world, authentic and active learning. The vendor- and device-neutral certification program focuses on the content and learning activities of the seven Educator Standards: Learner, Leader, Citizen, Collaborator, Designer, Facilitator and Analyst. Educators who complete the certification will have the opportunity to earn graduate-level credits through ISTE’s partnership with Dominican University of California.

“This certification will help guide educators to create technology lessons and activities that have real-world implications and are engaging to students,” said Dr. Paul Zeigler, Executive Director of EducationPlus. “It provides direction and consistency in teaching and learning with technology; and is entirely tied to student outcomes. Educators at all levels and content areas will benefit from this high-quality professional learning.”

ISTE has selected METC based on its proven track record in delivering high-quality professional learning focused on education and education technology use to educators. METC will begin providing ISTE Certification workshops this summer.  

“ISTE is proud to be working with METC to expand the access of the ISTE Certification for Educators to states and school districts across the country,” said ISTE CEO Richard Culatta. “This new certification embodies the idea of learning first, technology second, and sets forth a nationally recognized set of expectations for educators. This is an exciting opportunity for educators who want to have their work recognized and validated, as well as for those who are ready to take their practice to the next level when it comes to using technology to support learning.”

Educators and leaders interested in learning more about ISTE Certification for Educators may visit metcedplus.org.

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About EducationPlus
EducationPlus is a non-profit educational service agency that brings school districts together to share resources, information and ideas through exemplary, nationally-recognized services in educational technology, cooperative purchasing, staff development and more. The Midwest Educational Technology Community (METC), a resource of EducationPlus,is an ISTE affiliate dedicated to assisting the education community through support, promotion and leadership in the effective use of educational technology.

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education(ISTE) is a non-profit organization that works with the global education community to accelerate the use of technology to solve tough problems and inspire innovation. Our worldwide network believes in the potential technology holds to transform teaching and learning.

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#METC Summer PD – BreakOut of Your Classroom, Google, METCsi and MORE!

We think ALL our #PD is can’t miss, but we have four Summer events we think you’re going to love and won’t want to miss!

METC Summer Workshops

Breakout of Your Classroom & BYOB (Bring/Build Your Own Breakout)
Breakout 2018Join us for two-days of professional learning like you’ve never experienced before.  Break Out of Your Classroom & BYOB will be filled with fun, collaborative learning sessions. On day one, everyone is invited to Bring Your Own Breakout to share with others. We will learn all about the games and discuss the benefits of this creative, problem solving, team experience. On day two we will Build Your Own Breakout game, so bring your supplies and ideas! Monday, June 4 and Tuesday, June 5


Google Mania: Two-Day Mini Boot Camp
Join Google Certified Instructors in this engaging, hands-on event: Google Mania! You will immediately learn 8 -12 Google features & strategies to use in your classroom,  you’ll dive into even more Google Apps, Extensions & Add-Ons. These hidden treasures will knock your socks off and have you saying WOW! Bring your Google friendly devices; laptops, Chromebooks, tablets and other Android devices to participate in this two-day boot camp of inspirational Google Mania. Monday, June 11 and Tuesday, June 12


Google Extravaganza
METC_GoogleExtrav_2018Calling all newbies and ninjas: you don’t want to miss this two-day event! Designed as an extension of out popular Google Mania bootcamp, Google Extravaganza is a mix of beginner and advanced Google tools, tips, tricks, add-ons and extensions! Explore the tools and resources that best fit your needs, creating your own personal learning experience. One of our Featured Speakers is Wentzville School District Director of Technology Greg Lawrence. Other speakers to be announced soon! Monday, July 16 and Tuesday, July 17


METC Summer Institute
METCsi_2018The 3rd annual METC Summer Institute is going to sizzle and rock! Join us for two days of making, coding, designing and more! As an extension of the annual METC Conference, the METC Summer Institute dives deeper into hands-on digital tools and resources for the creative and innovative educator. This event is a fabulous gathering of tech enthusiasts, makers, engineers, scientists, authors, artists and students…and those who like to tinker, explore and create. One of our Featured Speakers is Naperville (IL) Community School District 203 teacher Josh Stumpenhorst. Other speakers to be announced soon!  Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24

2018-19 METC Technology Academies

2018-19 Technology Acadmies

Registration for our six, long-term technology academies for the 2018-19 school year is now open. Each academy registration includes one-day attendance at the 2019 METC Conference, February 11-14, 2019 and has up to 3.0 graduate credit hours available (for a small, additional fee).

Beginning Monday, October 1

MO Google for Education Academy

There is no question that Google is here to stay and that Google Apps for Education has changed how students learn. Never before have students had so many resources at their fingertips. The way educators learn and collaborate has also changed.  If your district has gone Google, and you are feeling lost, then this GAFE Academy is for you!  As a participant of this academy you will learn more than just the basics of these amazing educational tools. Our Google Certified Instructors will help you dive deeper, learn ways to use these tools within your lessons and engage all learners like never before. Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Wednesday, October 3

Technology Leadership Academy for School Leaders

The 20th annual TLA will assist in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient leadership in your schools. This year-term academy is for all educational leaders (superintendents, assistant superintendents, principals, curriculum or tech coordinators). Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Wednesday, October 3

STEAM-ing UP STEM Academy

STEAM is everywhere! It is hard to come up with any occupation that doesn’t involve STEAM. The focus on STEM began with the notion that students need more opportunities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math related fields. With the increased enthusiasm for Project Based Learning (PBL) these two concepts complement each other. Both STEM & PBL promote important 21st century competencies and directly connect to the ISTE Standards of Innovative Designers and Computational Thinkers. You will have the opportunity to participate in virtual field trips and regional excursions, as well as experience hands-on STEAMy activities. We will explore ideas of combining real-world activities along with problem solving and team building to come up with a solution. Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Thursday, October 4

Library Media Specialist Academy

The LMS Academy focuses on the changing role of the Library Media Specialist in K-12 education. Today’s LMS must play the versatile role of an instructional partner responsible for ensuring that students and staff are efficient and effective users of information. The Academy will assist LMS personnel in teaching and connecting the new standards of AASL, ISTE and NETS. Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Tuesday, October 9

MakerEd Academy

The MakerEd movement for educators who enjoy inventing, designing and tinkering, and believe creativity and innovation are catalysts for student engagement. Maker and design thinking experiences foster a culture of asking questions, solving problems and develop an “I can do that!” confidence in young people. You will experience a challenging and collaborative environment. You will learn the basics of making and building rough prototypes by hand using simple tools such as paper, glue, and tape, as well as experience 3D printing. We will also explore Makerspace ideas, design a space and curate resources for a successful Maker environment. Learn more and register HERE.

Beginning Thursday, October 11

Technology Leadership Academy for Teachers

The TLA for teachers will assist educators in developing the knowledge and skills necessary to use technology as a tool for more effective and efficient integration in their classrooms. Various free digital portals, applications and resources will be explored including Google and Microsoft applications and research based technology integration tools such as SAMR. This long-term academy is for all media or tech specialists and classroom teachers. Learn more and register HERE.