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February 2015 Top Reads

gj keynoteThe Connected Classroom is the EducationPlus LearningLab blog. February’s favorite blog posts featured the Midwest Education Technology Community Conference and student work! Here are the top five most visited posts for the past month– did you contribute to the clicks?

1)  METC 2015 Virtual Conference Available Online Now READ HERE
2)  Midwest Education Technology Community Meet Up READ HERE
3)  Here’s the Debut of the 2014 Show-Me a Movie Winners! READ HERE
4)  STL Student Summit on Race 2015 READ HERE
5)  Andrew Wall: Making IT Happen READ HERE

Midwest Spotlight Educator: Heidi Morgan

Heidi MorganHeidi Morgan is a 6th grade Reading and Language Arts teacher. She is passionate about technology integration and is always looking for new and innovative ways to create the best 21st century learning environment for her students. She strongly believes that kids can change the world and gives them every opportunity to start while in her class through global collaborative projects.

In 2013, Heidi, from New Lenox, Illinois, was selected as a MIDWEST SPOTLIGHT EDUCATOR for 2014 for the METC Conference. This recognition honor leaders from the region in education technology, whose practices are making a difference for students as well as teachers.

She is currently the Vice President of DeICE, the Joliet area chapter of Illinois Computing Educators. She is a DEN STAR Educator, and her class presented in Discovery Educator Network’s Digital Learning Day’s Don’t Worry…Get Appy. She has presented at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference, Illinois Education and Technology Conference, Raising Student Achievement Conference, and T21 Con at Illinois State University. Follow her on Twitter @heidiamorgan.

Talking about Education Today

Have you been reading Cooperating School Districtsblog, Education Today? Recently, CSD staff from several of its departments were recognized in Education Today for honors they have received from various organizations in Missouri. Be sure to check it out: educationtoday.wordpress.com.

The blog also covers topics such as: American Recovery and Reinvestment ActBusiness Services, Character Education, Cost SavingsEducation & the Global Workplace, ELL, InfluenzaLegal Issues,  Legislative Advocacy,  Media LiteracyNew Initiatives for Schools,  Podcasts,  Professional Development,  Public School FundingSchool Safety,  Technology Integration, TIF Reform plus Web 2.0.

Final Talk Like a Techie Blog Post

We didn’t feature all of these Talk Like a Techie blog posts on The Wired Classroom- all of them are excellent, by the way- but we selected a few to share on our blog. Here’s the last post in their 20-day series, posted earlier this week:

Day 20: Why We Use Video Conferencing in K-12 Classrooms

Posted on January 31, 2011 by Janine Lim

This post continues our 20 Day Challenge to understand the technical aspects of videoconferencing, particularly the section on dialing.

Each January, we write these 20 Day Video Conference Challenges to share our experiences with others. In the early days of video conferencing, it was cumbersome and expensive. Today, we can have excellent H.323 quality connecting a variety of endpoints to different MCUs and other endpoints to create a smaller world for our students.

We have seen the power of effective curriculum video conferencing can have on student motivation and success. If the technology is not properly set up or does not work properly, that creates a barrier to implementation and educators who already have so many things that they are responsible for are going to be less likely to attempt to reach outside their classrooms.

Using advanced video conferencing technologies, we can create exceptional learning opportunities for students in rural schools, suburban schools and inner city schools. Each has a unique need that can be bridged with a quality curriculum video conferencing solution.

Here are links to assist you in continuing to Talk Like a Techie. It has been a learning experience for us as we researched and wrote this challenge and we hope that it has helped you in learning more about video conferencing.

LifeSize
Day 13: How to Dial with a LifeSize Remote

Polycom
Day 11: How to Dial with a Polycom Remote

TANDBERG
Day 12: How to Dial with a Cisco-TANDBERG Remote

Firewall Traversal Units
Day 7: Working With Your Firewall Traversal Unit

We also encourage you to review the past 20 Day Challenges:


If you have ideas or suggestions for future 20 Day Challenges, please comment! Or if you think we missed something from this technical challenge, we’d love to hear from you as well!

Team-written by Janine Lim, Shane Howard, and Roxanne Glaser. The opinions expressed in these posts are based on our collective video conference experience connecting classes across multiple networks to connect them to zoos, museums, experts and other classes during the past 10 years. This series of posts reflects our usage and understanding, not that of any vendor or manufacturer. No one is paying us to write these. We are just sharing what we have learned.

Education Today on METC

Be sure to check out Cooperating School Districts‘ blog, Education Today.

The most recent post is about the upcoming Midwest Education Technology Conference. Lots of good info to know!