35th Annual METC Conference is now OPEN!
EducationPlus is excited to have our premier EdTech program offer it’s annual event for the 35th year in a row. The METC Conference presenters are being notified this month and our team is working hard to bring you the latest in educational technology trends, learning strategies, speakers, and research.
We hope to see you February 12-14, 2018 Back to the Future, Ready?
Two days of professional learning like you’ve never seen before! Fun, collaborative learning with participant-driven sessions and Breakout Expert Learners onsite to help you design and problem solve. Learn more and register here.
DBDM Has Gone Google
Thursday, June 15
This workshop wil infuse Google into your PLC and the Data-Based Decision Making Process. Learn how other in the region are using DBDM to meet the needs of all their students, experience the 6-step DBDM process. Work smarter with this user-friendly tool and SEE your impact. Learn more and register here.
Google Mania: Mini Boot Camp
Monday, June 19 – Tuesday, June 20
Join area Google Certified Teachers in this two-day workshop. Speed Geek style presentations on day one will show you 8-12 features and strategies you can use in your classroom. Diver deeper on day two to find the hidden treasures that will knock your socks off! Learn more and register here.
LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3 – Grades 5 and Up
Wednesday, June 21
This hands-on workshop is for educators just getting started with LEGO Mindstorms Education EV3. Learn how to build your robot, how to use programming blocks and see the connects to Common Core. Learn more and register here.
LEGO Education and Maker Spaces (Grades 1-8)
Thursday, June 22
Looking to set up a Maker Space but you don’t know where to start? This one day workshop will show you how to utilize LEGO Education bricks, curriculum and activities to set up a Maker Space that promotes hands-on, minds-on learning. You’ll learn how to incorporate robotics into Maker Space projects at both the elementary and middle school levels. Learn more and register here.
METC Summer Institute: Building STEAM & Making Spaces
Monday, July 10 – Tuesday, July 11
Making, coding, designing and more! This two day event is for the creative and innovative educator, as well as those content teachers of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and the Arts. Talented STEAM “makers” will come together to share at our two day Summer Institute. Krissy Venosdale and Steve Dembo will help us kick off the event & several midwest STEM & Maker educators will share what they have learned, and how they make innovative projects and complete engaging activities in their flexible spaces. Learn more and register here.
SAMR Institute and Camp
Wednesday, July 19 – Thursday, July 20 (optional Saturday, September 20)
The SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) model, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, allows teachers to reflect on how technology is being integrated in the classroom. This framework provides another way for educators to visualize and discuss HOW technology can be integrated and HOW it can transform instruction and learning. Learn more and register here.
Creating Coders Camp
Wednesday, July 26 – Thursday, July 27 and date TBD.
There are over seven thousand spoken languages in the world. Did you know that coding is thought of as THE new world language? This language is one that will be vital to your students’ future. However, how do you introduce coding to your students when you have so much content to cover? Believe it or not, coding can be infused into your current lessons to meet both needs all the while engaging your students like never before! Learn more and register here.
Are you using iPads, Galaxy Tablets or other mobile devices in your classroom? Do you have a personal mobile device and want to learn how to find education-friendly apps? Come learn how to find apps for any content area and get a chance to learn how to use them. In this hands-on workshop, we will explore a multitude of education friendly, content-based resources for your mobile device for multiple grade levels and subject areas. 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. The afternoon of day two will be an App Shootout of the presenters and other daring participants. So get your game on and get ready for a fun filled, two day Appy Hour! Read more & register here!
Join several area Google Certified Teachers in this two day event-Google Mania! On day one, we will participate in a speed geek style presentation with the instructors. You will immediately learn 8-12 features and strategies to use in your classroom. We’ll take time to explore and then on day two we’ll dive deeper into other Google Apps. These hidden treasures will knock your socks off and have you saying WOW!
There are TWO Google Mania this Summer.
Register for the June 6-7 session here. Register for the July 6-7 session here.
Educators Don Goble (Ladue) and Bill Bass (Parkway) has been honored with the coveted Making IT Happen award for their contributions to the successful integration of technology in education. The Making IT Happen award is provided by the International Society for Technology in Education, of which METC is an affiliate.
The Making IT Happen award honors outstanding educators and leaders who demonstrate extraordinary commitment, leadership, courage and persistence in improving digital learning opportunities for students. Since its inception in 1995 more than 500 educators from around the world have received the award.
“Making IT Happen honorees make unique contributions to advancing the use of digital technology to inspire learning and teaching,” said ISTE CEO Brian Lewis. “Their significant accomplishments all further ISTE’s vision of a world in which all learners thrive, achieve and contribute.”
Don Goble is an award-winning Broadcast Technology, Film and Multimedia Instructor at Ladue Horton Watkins High School. He has spent countless hours teaching students and peers how to effectively utilize multi-media and appreciate media literacy. Don speaks nationally, offering educators innovative ways to incorporate video into the classroom. Mr. Goble advocates for technology and digital media in the classroom by blogging for national education publications, offering professional development to staff and schools all over the country, and by serving as a media creator himself. Mr. Goble was a part of the 2011 Apple Distinguished Educator class and named the Journalism Education Association 2015 Broadcast Adviser of the Year. Besides keynote presentations, workshops, breakout sessions, Ignite talks, TED Talks, and a multitude of professional development, Don supports the METC ISTE Affiliate through coordinating the METC Student eNews Bureau and news / media coverage of the Gateway2Change, a Student Summit on Race.
In the Parkway School District, Bill Bass leads professional development opportunities for teachers including a number of technology academies and classes. He has taken those classes and created systemic opportunities for teachers to learn on their own time through virtual classes. He helped to create the EdTech master’s program at Missouri Baptist University where he serves as an adjunct professor. Bill is a regular speaker at local and national conferences, serves on the METC Advisory Committee, and helps to organize the Missouri Summit featuring Google for Education. In all his work, Bill seeks to empower teachers so that they are comfortable and confident in their ability to use the tools in the classroom. Bill’s influence goes far beyond Missouri as he is the President of the ISTE Innovative Learning PLN, has written two books and numerous chapters and articles highlighting and advocating for the use of technology for students.
Successful integration of educational technology requires a common passion, initiative and pledge that can best be summarized by the Making IT Happen Formula of Success:
Educators and leaders who apply available technology now
Move forward and don’t look back
See students as real people
Teach through relationships by inspiring, encouraging, and nurturing
Recognize that further change is necessary, but understand that it is a process
Realize that teacher empowerment is the key element to technology integration
Motivate through awareness and access to information
Both educators join a prestigious group of Making IT Happen honorees, including classroom teachers, school principals, superintendents, corporate executives, legislators, governors, and more.
About Making IT Happen
Founded in 1995, the Making IT Happen program highlights the dramatic role educators have on the learning process by using technology and rewards those individuals for their commitment and innovation. To date, more than 500 individuals have been awarded this recognition through ISTE and its affiliates. The impact of this program has been felt at hundreds of conferences around the world. The focus of the Making IT Happen program is on current practitioners, highlighting their significant contribution and encouraging them to continue their work.
Innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo – the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources features online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit iste.org. Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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